General Dentistry
Root Canal Therapy

George Saliba, DDS | Family Dentist | Root Canal Therapy | Corona Del Mar | Newport Coast | CA Dentist

Dr. Saliba's extensive background, experience and education allows him to perform root canal therapy in his private office, giving his patients the convenience of having their dental needs met immediately, eliminating delays when the patient has severe pain and an immediate treatment is necessary.  Doctor Saliba also uses medication therapy delivered directly into the canals in order to eliminate any present abscess or infection.

Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy: 

  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Severe toothache pain.
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present.
  • Swelling and/or tenderness.

The signs and symptoms are given as a reference only, please do not diagnose yourself.  Doctor Saliba can perform a series of exams including a pulp vitality test to diagnose your particular situation.  If you are feeling any of these symptoms, contact us immediately.  Generally when severe pain begins, it continues and gets worse before it stops completely.  When the severe pain stops it means the nerve is dead.  If a root canal treatment is not performed in a timely manner removing the dead nerve a silent infection and abscess will begin soon after and cause further damage.

Reasons for root canal therapy:

  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
  • Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth.

What should I expect?

A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments, which is determined with your first visit.

After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.

You will be given care instructions after each appointment.  Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.